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Azure Governance

We take you to the Azure Cloud

What Does Azure Governance Mean?

Cloud governance defines the policies, freedoms, and automations for the cloud - in our case, the Microsoft Azure Cloud. Based on their set of rules, the hosting environment (so-called landing zones) is built, the integration into the business areas of your company, and at the same time enables improved security.

Five Disciplines of Azure Governance

According to official Microsoft documentation, Azure governance essentially deals with five topics:

Cost Management

It looks at cost breakdown, optimization, and monitoring (budgets) in Azure.

Security Baseline

The basic security requirements and access restrictions are considered in Azure.

Resource Consistency

Many frameworks (naming convention, duty tags, health check, monitoring, etc.) for operation in Azure are considered.

Identity Baseline

It determines the authentication and authorization of users in Azure Cloud.

Deployment Acceleration

It defines how provisioning can be done as automated and standardized as possible.

Trigger for Application Modernization

Technical debt
Skills demand
Business Development
Software for Joint Venture
Custom Software
Conversion to Data Center
Service provider change
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How Do You Get Your Own Azure Governance?

We have prepared a process for you formed over several years of experience and proven with many customers. All we need from you are your requirements and the will to take off to the cloud.


You will go through several workshops where we will address your strategy. Using our catalog of topics and questions, we design your governance and identify open problem areas. The catalog combines our knowledge of operations, consulting, and solution design. For each topic, we provide our long-standing best practices and check the developed solution against recommendations from Microsoft and security organizations.

The Following Questions Will Be Clarified

How is your strategy defined and does it fit with the cloud?
What do you want to achieve and which paths to the cloud should be supported?
How extensive can your project become, what do you want to do yourself and what needs to be outsourced?
What roles, rights and approvals do you need?
What future billing processes will you run and how will you control them?
What are your system security requirements?
How much freedom do your departments specifically need?

After each workshop, we review the results and prepare them for follow-up meetings. You also can recapitulate yourself, formulate questions or come to us with inconsistencies. This way, we can address them together in the following workshop. We take care to be as flexible and agile as possible when creating Azure Governance. For example, we start with a minimum functional iteration for a quick adaptation and first practical work packages.

Governance as the Basic Framework

Azure governance is the foundation for all real workloads. Whether it's new ideas, experimentation, or migration of existing applications, it all starts with minimal governance.


Governance is implemented after it is designed. This creates a basic framework for all types of workloads (called Platform Foundation). It defines the universal governance rules regarding communication, rights, monitoring, etc.

For different types of workloads, concrete landing zones are created later. Feedback loops are essential here so that further developments can be made in the platform foundation or the governance concept.

Parallel to creating the governance and platform foundation, a review of the existing on-premises landscape can take place (so-called landscape discovery) if applications are to be migrated to the cloud. This step creates an order for the migration according to customer needs (so-called clustering) and ensures a consistent view of related workloads.

Since governance also supports new project ideas and products, you are also included. Governance and all follow-on elements are subject to constant change. If there are new project ideas that the current governance cannot yet cover, it is expanded accordingly. The resulting changes are reflected in the Foundation and the respective Landing Zones.

Your Success Is Our Success!

We have already successfully supported and guided many customers in their cloud migration. The successes you celebrate, we celebrate too. They show how effective the jointly developed plans of a migration to the Azure cloud work.

Learn how we helped OGE, the long-distance transmission operator, transform its IT systems to the Microsoft Azure Cloud here.

Other Services

Governance Lifecycle

Even if you are already successfully operating your system with governance in the Azure Cloud, we offer to check your configurations initially or also regularly (so-called governance lifecycle) and to point out potential for improvement.

App Modernization

We also offer to upgrade your applications to a modern state to react flexibly to future tasks. Our App Modernization analyzes your existing application landscape and identifies relevant applications and building blocks for a transformation into an API-oriented architecture.


Unleash your potential with us and elevate your technology to the level you deserve.

For more information, contact our colleagues. Contact us and together we will find a date for the first step into your new operating world.


Despite its relevance, the topic of governance is not quickly explained. That's why, in support, we decided to explain governance through a more accessible infographic. A fictitious space station evolves from a basic secure structure to a highly automated and scalable environment.

Your Contact for Azure Governance

Janis Scholz
Experte für Microsoft Azure